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Mike Francesa was born and raised in New York, and has been the rock of Sports radio 660 WFan in New York for the last 25 years. First hired in 1987 to do a weekend show and fill in for other hosts, he soon became a permanent fixture in the afternoon drive slot as part of the “Mike & the Maddog” program running from 1989-2008. Since Chris Russos’ exit from the show in August of 2008, Mike Francesa has continued in Afternoon Drive as host of “Mike’d Up” in the same time slot. Francesa has also hosted the Sunday Morning program “The NFL Now” on WFan since 1987.
Both of Mike Francesas radio shows can also be seen on the YES Network. Francesa announced recently that he would be leaving his #1 Sunday Night show on NBC, “ Mike’d Up, the Francesa Sport Final ” to spend more time with his family.
There has been increased criticism of Mike Francesa in recent years. Many listeners of his current show contend that Francesa has become increasingly abrasive with callers since the 2008 split with Chris Russo. Never one to shy away from confrontation on air, Francesa has reached a new level of “zero tolerance” for nonsense according to these fans. There has even been evidence of strife between Boomer & Carton and Mike Francesa and internet rumors of WFan planning to remove Mike Francesa
Mike Francesa once again has made news as a result of his interview with New York Jet, Darrelle Revis. Revis hangs up on Francesa after Mike tells him he got away with a defensive pass interference call in the Jets game against the Maimi Dolphins.